Good commands us to love another as God loves us. This quarter begins with a widely known story about Joseph, which deals with love within Jacob's family. From the Joseph story, we proceed with God's laws requiring care and concern for the poor and needy, loving and embracing of the stranger, and the demands of love for one another in the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. These sessions elaborate on themes of love for one another in the epistles of Paul and James and the expressions of love in the early formations of the Church in Acts.
Struggles with Love
This unit has four sessions. The lessons reveal aspects of love. Session 1 reveals how a lack of familial love devolves into jealousy and destruction. Session 2 portrays Joseph's commitment to love that refuses to hold on to past wrongs but rather seeks God's path to future success. Sessions 3 and 4 show Joseph's brothers coming to Egypt and reveal how love and reconciliation can prevail in spite of harsh and negative circumstances.
This unit has four sections. The focus of the lessons is on love for the stranger, the poor, and enemies as well as divine love reflected in human life.First Samuel shows David's love for others. Luke explores the teachings of Jesus regarding love for one's enemies and Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan. First Corinthians explores the sermon on love from Paul's writing, which depicts the height of human love coming from divine love.
Godly Love Among Believers
This unit contains five sessions. John elaborates on how believers love by serving and portray Jesus' explanation of the intertwining love of God for Jesus and for those who abide in Christ. First John clarifies the abiding love of God through the Holy Spirit, which makes it possible for us to love one another. Acts reveals the expression of the love of God in the formation of the early Christian community by the workings of the Holy Spirit. James tells of the love of neighbor as the fulfillment of the law of God.